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Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission

The Regional Chamber launched the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC) in 2015 to preserve and promote the value of military operations between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, with an emphasis on the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, formerly known as Camp Ravenna Joint Training Center.

These unique regional military assets in the region include the USAF Reserve 910th Airlift Wing, which is the only aerial spray capability in the military. Furthermore, the 21,000-acre Camp James A. Garfield site has transformed in recent years from a World War II munitions to an advanced training site for thousands of troops in the Ohio National Guard.

EOMAC is a proud member of the Association of Defense Communities and part of the Ohio military commission network, with peers around the state, including Task Force Lima, Toledo Military Affairs Commission, Ohio National Guard Association and Dayton Development Coalition.

Military Members at YARS

EOMAC Team/Partners

The commission is led by Attorney Vito Abruzzino. Outside of this role, Atty. Abruzzino is a Major in the United States Army Reserve and has served with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Bragg, N.C. Abruzzino is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law and has also acted as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Columbia, S.C.

EOMAC is proudly supported by generous contributions from the Western Reserve Port Authority, Trumbull 100, Regional Chamber and Trumbull County Community Foundation.

Accomplishments/Updates

  • Ohio Support: EOMAC is working with the Ohio Federal Research Network and state leaders to continue to grow opportunities to build national defense capacity at regional installations and to evaluate the potential for university and military research partnerships.
  • Military Value: The Reserve and Guard throughout the region continue to protect the nation by the most efficient and effective means. Data demonstrates that these installations offer major contributions to defense, all while keeping federal expenditures at a minimum. Keeping facilities and materials upgraded for optimal performance is a key to continuing this trend in excellence.
  • Community Partnership: Citizen soldiers contribute to our installations and communities. EOMAC is proud to grow these contributions through the USAF Community Partnership Program, in which 910th Air Reservists are receiving training credits to address local safety, education and emergency issues with stakeholders throughout the region.

Recent News

Chamber, EOMAC Laud Valley Officials for Securing Millions for YARS, Ravenna

May 18, 2018
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and its Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC) are pleased to recognize members of the Valley’s Congressional delegation who helped secure more than $16 million for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center.
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and its Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission (EOMAC) are pleased to recognize members of the Valley’s Congressional delegation who helped secure more than $16 million for the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center.

YARS, which generates approximately $100 million per year for the local economy, will receive $8.8 million for infrastructure improvements to increase security, which is necessary to help protect the facility against base realignment and closure. Camp Ravenna will receive $7.4 million for a weapons range.

Both projects were announced by Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Howland, on May 10. Congressman Ryan is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, which included the funding.

“Our military assets continue to receive exceptional support from Congressmen Tim Ryan, Jim Renacci, Bill Johnson and Dave Joyce, as well as Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown,” said EOMAC Director Vito Abruzzino. “These investments help keep our installations viable.”

Abruzzino also pointed out that the Valley delegation has been leading the charge to attract a multi-billion-dollar missile defense site to Camp Ravenna and is attempting to secure new aircraft for YARS. Securing more funding and policy favoring these facilities will be among the top priorities during the Valley’s inaugural D.C. Fly-in June 20-21.

“The Fly-In gives our business, government and community leaders an opportunity to amplify the voices of our elected members of Congress,” said Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Guy Coviello. “We are grateful for everything the delegation has provided and look forward to the Fly-In to show all the federal officials how serious this community is about working with them.”

The Portage Development Board and Greater Cleveland Partnership are among the organizations supporting the effort to convince Washington that Camp Ravenna is the best location for the ground-based missile defense site. Of the three locations under consideration, including Fort Drum in New York and Fort Custer in Michigan, the northeast Ohio advocates, as well as Riki Ellison, founder and chairman of the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, contend that Camp Ravenna is best.

“We appreciate the Ohio members of Congress who have made the Camp Ravenna weapons range possible,” said Portage Development Board President Bradford Ehrhart. “We are also thrilled to see the entire Ohio delegation provide so much support for the effort to land the missile defense site. It’s a project that could transform our community and impact the entire State of Ohio.”